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Where did Landscape Fountains Begin?

The incredible construction of a fountain allows it to provide clean water or shoot water high into air for dramatic effect and it can also serve as an excellent design feature to complement your home.

Originally, fountains only served a practical purpose. Cities, towns and villages made use of nearby aqueducts or springs to provide them with drinking water as well as water where they could bathe or wash. Up to the late nineteenth century, water fountains had to be near an aqueduct or reservoir and higher than the fountain so that gravity could make the water move downwards or shoot high into the air. Fountains were not only utilized as a water source for drinking water, but also to decorate homes and celebrate the artist who created it. Bronze or stone masks of animals and heroes were commonly seen on Roman fountains. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden planners incorporated fountains to create smaller depictions of the gardens of paradise. Fountains enjoyed a considerable role in the Gardens of Versailles, all part of French King Louis XIV’s desire to exert his power over nature. The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were glorified with baroque style fountains constructed to mark the arrival points of Roman aqueducts.

Since indoor plumbing became the norm of the day for fresh, drinking water, by the end of the 19th century urban fountains were no longer needed for this purpose and they became purely ornamental. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity allowed fountains to provide recycled water into living spaces as well as create unique water effects.

Modern-day fountains serve mostly as decoration for open spaces, to honor individuals or events, and enhance entertainment and recreational activities.

Ancient Garden Fountain Artists

Multi-talented people, fountain artists from the 16th to the late 18th century typically served as architects, sculptors, artists, engineers and cultivated scholars all in one.Ancient Garden Fountain Artists 711160106526.jpg Throughout the Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci illustrated the creator as a innovative master, creator and scientific expert. With his immense curiosity regarding the forces of nature, he examined the qualities and movement of water and methodically documented his observations in his now much celebrated notebooks. Combining imagination with hydraulic and horticultural talent, early Italian water feature developers modified private villa settings into ingenious water exhibits loaded of symbolic implications and natural elegance. The humanist Pirro Ligorio provided the vision behind the wonders in Tivoli and was renowned for his virtuosity in archeology, architecture and garden design. Other water fountain developers, masterminding the phenomenal water marbles, water attributes and water antics for the countless mansions in the vicinity of Florence, were tried and tested in humanistic subject areas and traditional scientific texts.

The Attraction of Simple Garden Decor: The Garden Fountain

Having a pond in the vicinity of your outdoor water fountain is no longer required because they can now be situated on a wall near by. Digging, installing and cleaning a nearby pond are no longer a necessity. Due to its self-contained quality, this feature no longer needs plumbing work.Attraction Simple Garden Decor: Garden Fountain 410939055.jpg Remember, however, to add water at regular intervals. Empty the water from the bowl and place clean water in its place when you see that the space is grimy.

Outdoor wall fountains come in many different materials, but they are usually made of stone and metal. Identifying the style you want shows the best material to use. It is best to look for exterior wall fountains which are uncomplicated to install, handmade and lightweight. Ensure that your water feature is manageable as far as upkeep is concerned. While there may be some cases in which the setup needs a bit more care, generally the majority require a minimal amount of work to install since the only two parts which demand scrutiny are the re-circulating pump and the hanging parts. You can easily liven up your garden with these types of fountains.

Keep Your Outdoor Fountain Tidy

Keep Outdoor Fountain Tidy 4610007307629813.jpg It is important to carefully maintain water fountains for them to perform optimally. Leaves, twigs, and insects often find their way into fountains, so it is vital to keep yours free from such debris. Also, algae has a tendency to build up any place natural light meets water. Stir hydrogen peroxide, sea salt, or vinegar into the water to avoid this particular problem. Another option is to blend bleach into the water, but this action can harm wild animals and so should really be avoided.

A complete cleaning every three-four months is best for garden fountains. Before you can start washing it you should drain out all of the water. As soon as it is empty, clean inside the reservoir with a mild cleanser. If there are any little grooves, use a toothbrush to reach each and every spot. Be sure to completely rinse the inside of the fountain to make sure all the soap is gone.

Various organisms and calcium deposits can get inside the pump, so it is advised to take it apart and clean it thoroughly. To make it less strenuous, soak it in vinegar overnight before cleaning. Neither rain water nor mineral water contain substances that will accumulate inside the pump, so use either over tap water if possible.

Finally, be sure to have a quick look at your fountain daily and add water if you notice that the level is low. Allowing the water to drop below the pump’s intake level, can cause serious damage and even make the pump burn out - an undesired outcome!